The sun is shining this morning and I'm anxious to get outside for some more garden cleanup and maybe take those pictures that so failed me yesterday. It was nice going back through summer photos of last year's garden and seeing how many things were lush and thriving. It's funny how when you're in the throes of gardening, you sometimes lose sight of how far things have come. At times I feel like there are giant holes in the garden, and plants seem to be pathetic and puny. But going over the photos I found myself saying, "Hey, that's not that bad!" I guess we are our toughest critics, eh? So, until I get outside I thought I'd share some more shots of last season's garden and all that I look forward to seeing again.
One of my favorite perennials in the garden is Rudbeckia, or Black-Eyed Susan. While the flowers faded this winter, the scratchy foliage hung on through a couple cold snaps.
A mass of ruby red Snapdragons planted around a blueberry bush. These little flowers are fun for little ones to play with because you can make them "talk."
Gaura 'Siskiyou Pink' resembles butterflies fluttering around the garden. I've had this shrubby perennial reseed rather aggressively, which is good for filling in space. But can become overwhelming in some spots. Still, its delicate profile is a welcome addition to the garden.